The next year will be full of new developments in the car industry, although most of them will have 100% electric drive systems, for a change. One of the exceptions of a combustion engine that we see has already been presented and even has prices for the Spanish market. We are talking about the MINI Countryman, a compact-sized SUV whose price starts under 40,000 euros.
the third generation in this product there are thermal versions, with or without light hybridization, as well as electric versions for the first time in its history. So far, we know that there are two power levels for the first one: 170 or 300 HP. But the British company, which is owned by the German BMW, saw fit to make an intermediate in surname S and all-wheel drive.
MINI Countryman S: the “coolest” SUV in its category
The sports version of this MINI in 2024 will be renamed Bantayan S and will be located between the entry level (Countryman C), with a three-cylinder engine, and the top of the range (Countryman John Cooper Works), with a more radical concept. However, you will get the best from each of them, because you will have the ECO label of DGT and four-wheel drive thanks to ALL4 system.
Mechanically, the Countryman S ALL4 comes with a gasoline propellant with four cylinders, 2 liters of displacement, turbo and 204 HP of power, which is sometimes supported by an electric that has the capacity to generate current or propel the vehicle at very low speed and for short distances. In general, it will provide 218 CV. So it’s a MHEV with a JCW base, but less performance and a lower compression ratio.
So far, its manufacturer hasn’t talked about acceleration or top speed numbers, but there’s no doubt that it’s a “Playful SUV” which will invite you to have fun despite it dirty look. And not even the BMW X1 where it shares a platform as attractive and represents such a high status in its class for young drivers.
It can produce 218 HP combined power between thermal and electric motors. It can also be 4×4 and gets the ECO badge.
It will surpass the 2017 in everything, but for a predictably the same price
The 2024 MINI Countryman S will be quite better than 2017 (2nd generation, updated in 2021) in almost all aspects. For example, you have 40 more hp of power (ergo better performance numbers) and more space (because it grows to 14 cm), equal to the capacity of the trunk of 450 liters. However, its consumption is slightly lower: 6.8 l/100 km instead of 7.0 (data approved according to the WLTP cycle).
Also, it will surpass you in terms of quality and technological equipment, received the latest in multimedia, connectivity, active safety (driving assistants) and comfort for its market segment (C-SUV). The most interesting thing is that, if it continues along the lines of the remaining version scheduled for 2024, its price will not increase much. It costs about 50,000 euros, but you get a lot more for that money.
The 2024 MINI Countryman S will be more powerful, bigger, more efficient and better equipped than the 2017 model.